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Rams Meeting High Expectations

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 9/3/2013

It's become customary over the last several years for the Madison volleyball program to turn out successful seasons. The 2013 campaign is no exception and once again the Rams are living up to expectations.

Tuesday night Madison made light work of conference foe Clear Fork with a straight set victory over the Colts. The Rams 25-10, 25-10, 25-12 destruction of Clear Fork gave Madison they're 8th consecutive win to start the season, a feat that didn't surprise the squad's head coach.

"We respect everybody but fear no one." Rams first year head coach Brian Votaw says. "Eight -and-0 I thought was a possibility. I would like to think we can continue that as we go on. Expectations were pretty high but the girls are up to the task."

Junior middle blocker Mekaila Grose has been especially up to the challenge, leading the team with kills, including a team-high 15 against the Colts. But like coach, Grose says she's not surprised by the fast start.

"I kind of expected this because we worked hard for it." Grose says. "We wanna go far this year and we're kind of expected to."

Fellow junior Ryenn Kitts agrees. "People just expect us to win and play hard." Kitts says. "We ourselves expect that too and to play our hardest even if we do lose. I think if we keep up the way we are playing then we should go really far this year."

Votaw says the success of the team can be attributed to a multitude things, but it all starts with experience. Madison played a lot of sophomores a season ago and have a lot of varsity playing time under their belts now as upper classmen. Votaw says the team has played solid defense, set well and served perhaps better than any other facet of the game. He has been impressed with the way the girls have responded to him in his first season with the program and it has certainly paid off up to this point.

   
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